One Nation, Under Surveillance

One Nation, Under Surveillance

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I generally try to avoid doing consecutive comics about the same topic, but last week, a few polls taken after Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing show that Americans support the snooping, especially when it’s falsely framed against terrorism.

The same country that accepts thousands of gun and traffic deaths, for the sake of personal freedom, cowers in a corner, pisses their pants, and hands over their privacy whenever the authorities whisper “terrorism” into their precious little ears.

Fifty years or so from now, when books are written about us, we’ll be labeled “The Scaredest Generation,” if books are still around in 2063.

Coming Attractions: Summer 2013

Coming Attractions: Summer 2013

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I took a break from the faux-scandals of the week before the holiday and celebrated the unofficial start of summer. I don’t have a crystal ball, but it’s a safe bet that all of these titles will come up at some point, plus a bunch of silly season stories.

As for real summer blockbusters, I’ve only seen “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and it was okay. I’ll probably see “Man of Steel” too and have the same review. The only 2013 movie I’m really excited about is the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Oprah’s Next Chapter

Oprah's Next Chapter

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 I didn’t really care about Lance Armstrong’s confession or the inauguration, so I went back to the gun debate. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is a human goofball, and that’s probably why the NRA President David Keene has recently taken over saying dumb gun-things to the public.

Intransigence Training

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I also forgot to write about last week’s comic about the 113th Congress. The word “intransigent” bugs me to no end. It’s just a way make acting like a petulant baby sound like a serious position.

Unlikey 2013 Headlines/Gun Control Proposals

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I had the holidays off, and it was difficult getting back into the swing of things. So here are two Strips I’ve drawn since I last posted. However bad this year will be, at least we’re as far from a Presidential election as possible. 2012 kicked my ass, and one party didn’t even have a primary. 2016 should complete the transition of my hair to full-blown gray.

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Despite the jab at our attention spans in the first cartoon, gun control (or reform, as I think it should be called) is still being talked about weeks after Sandy Hook. I doubt any substantial legislation will come from it, but at least we’re starting to admit that unfettered access to high-capacity guns is fucked up.

And lastly, over the break I talked to Brendan Lynch at WGBH.

Guns n’ Dum-Dums

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I drew this after the Aurora, CO and the Wisconsin Sikh shootings, and sadly another mass shooting has apparently happened today. We’re averaging something like 20 of these every fucking year. I had no idea it was that high until recently, when these shootings interrupted the usual “silly season” reportage. No regulations will ever get passed, despite whatever NRA conspiracy says about Obama wanting to “take yer gunz.” The only way to protect ourselves is to gather every platitude-ridden speech from both sides of the aisle, stuff them in our shirts, and hope that’s enough padding to stop all that unregulated semi-automatic gunfire.

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I don’t watch a lot of live television, but thanks to YouTube and stupid media outlets embedding ads for “discussion and analysis,” I’ve seen my fair share. They are all dumb, but if you’re targeting people who make decisions based on commercials, being dumb helps.